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The 69th British Bred Produce Stakes - Swindon 480m (£15,000)

Second-Round Preview - Wednesday 15th June 

 

36 British Bred greyhounds are bidding to keep their 2015 Produce Stakes dream alive on Wednesday night at Swindon. In round-one we witnessed some exciting performances and you can't help but feel we are set for more of the same here. British Breeding is crying out for its next superstar and this historic competition may be the perfect platform to unearth a British star.

 

If you think of the big names in British Breeding two names immediately jump out at you David Firmager and Nick Savva. Both had a very successful first-round and they will be hoping of more of the same here. David Firmager looks to have a very strong hand heading to the second-round with nine set to go to the traps; Romeo Treaty, Romeo Arturo, Romeo Campaign, Fabulous Milan, Romeo Leader, Fabulous Zita, Fabulous Expert, Romeo Zulu and Romeo Storm. Nick Savva entered five greyhounds and he's still got all five in the competition; Westmead Jacko, Westmead Alonso, Westmead Rossi, Westmead Hunter and Westmead Phoenix. Both have won this great competition twice before (Savva; Westmead Joe 2006 & Westmead Osprey 2008 / Firmager; Troys Expert 2009 & Romeo Metro 2011) can either of these giants of British Breeding secure a third title? 

 

Talking of previous winners Jayne Meek has taken over the license from her husband Tony and he landed this competition twice; Cortman Jasper in 1993 and Staplers Jade in 1997. In the 1990's the name Meek was right up there with the best, which even saw him win the Greyhound Derby back-to-back; Ringa Hustle 1993 and Moral Standards 1994. I thought I'd catch up with Jayne Meek and get the lowdown on her flying early-paced star Kenz Summer Sky.

 

Jayne Meek on Kenz Summer Sky

 

“I've not had her very long, she came from Jim Daly. She's only a baby and I've been delighted with her since she came into the kennel. She's got blinding early and I'm just hoping her early can get her through to the semi-finals. I'm worried about the 480m at Swindon; it is harder to get than at Perry Barr. She must come away and hopefully that can see her qualify. I think she's open to improvement and it's very nice to be involved in this great competition. I'm very happy with the draw and hopefully we will have some luck on the night”.

 

To say the second-round draw was unkind to Matt Dartnall would be a massive understatement; to have four of his five qualifiers drawn together including his three heat winners (What Fun Gracie, What Fun Macey and What Fun Jamie) is terrible luck. That aside, this looks a very exciting litter (Kinloch Brae - Ballymac Pet, January 2013) and one or more of its members could be challenging for outright honours at the business end of the competition. 

 

Richard Devenish has still got the talented Romany Rouge in the competition. He was a Derby quarter-finalist and figures prominently in the 2015 St Leger betting. On his day he is certainly good enough to go all the way. He's not the only qualifier from the kennel; Glatton Gunner joins him in round-two. 

 

Wednesday night is certainly going to be exciting - go racing and head to Swindon to cheer on these British bred stars.

 

Read what Maggie Lucas trainer of Aero Liberty said after his first-round win here 

http://www.gbgb.org.uk/news/2/2015/7/167/The-69th-British-Bred-Produce-Stakes---Swindon-480m-15000

 

Get the draw by following @GreyhoundBoard on Twitter

 

Key Dates 

Semi-Finals - Monday 20th June 

Final - Saturday 25th June